KLAKA is a highly specialised law firm with offices in Düsseldorf and Munich. With its 17 lawyers, the law firm concentrates almost exclusively on intellectual property. In this field of expertise, the firm is highly regarded nationally and internationally for its dedicated, experienced work in court and out of court. Through contributions made in expert committees, lectures and publications, the firm’s lawyers are actively involved in shaping the future of the profession. The firm was founded in the late 1970s by Rainer Klaka, who brought in a large client base and the experience of many years in the field. Since then, the firm’s standing has continually been strengthened while maintaining the structure of an independent and autonomous law firm.
Many of the cases taken on by the law firm, especially in the fields of patents and Trademarks, have an international background such as cross-border litigation, or concern questions of foreign and international law arising in counselling or litigation. The firm is therefore accustomed to co-ordinating and/or conducting cases of international significance.
Many of the cases taken on by the law firm, especially in the fields of patents and trademarks, have an international background such as cross-border litigation or concern questions of foreign and international law arising in counselling or litigation. The firm is therefore used to co-ordinating and/or conducting cases of international significance.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
Intellectual property (trademarks) and unfair competition law
The firm's strong trademark litigation practice is headed by partners Dr. Andreas Schulz and Dr. Ralf Hackbarth in Munich. The firm is involved in trademark and trade name infringement cases before the competent German courts, as well as counselling and the conducting of international litigation, in particular with strategies for pan-European litigation proceedings. The enforcement of Community designs is also increasingly becoming a more important Task for the litigation practice. In 2016, Dr. Carola Onken, a specialist in the fields of trade mark litigation, with a special emphasis on proceedings before tbefore the European courts (EGC and ECJ), became partner of the firm.
The trademark prosecution department is headed by Oliver Rauscher. KLAKA prosecutes and maintains worldwide trademark Portfolios for a number of clients and is active in the conducting of infringement suits and offering legal advice in the fields of copyright law, design patents, unfair competition law, press and media law, IT and internet law, and food and drug law. A number of the firm’s lawyers also have experience in the field of antitrust law.
6 equity partners, 3 associates in Munich.
Key clients: Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW); Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) e.V.; Nestlé Nutrition; Deichmann; Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne; Bayerischer Brauerbund; NOMOS Glashütte; Longchamp; Moet Hennessy.
Head of department or practice contact:
Dr. Ralf Hackbarth, Tel. +49 89 99 89 190, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patent and utility model law
Patent law with KLAKA is represented by the partners Dr. Michael Nieder, Dr. Wolfgang Götz and Dr. Stefan Eck in Munich and partners Olaf Giebe and Dr. Constantin Kurtz in Düsseldorf. The excellence of the KLAKA law firm in this field is based on a profound understanding of technologically and economically interrelated themes as well as on comprehensive experience in enforcing claims before the specialised German patent courts. This includes infringement suits before the competent German courts, especially in Düsseldorf, Munich, and Mannheim, and, in co-operation with external patent attorney firms, opposition and nullity (revocation) proceedings before the German and European Patent Offices, the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court; the firm also provides legal advice in these fields, as well as co-operating or co-ordinating multinational cases.
3 equity partners in Munich, 2 equity Partners and 1 associate in Düsseldorf.
Key clients: AVM, Infineon, 3M, SRAM, Hexal, Sandoz, Ortlieb, Tyco, fischerwerke.
Head of department or practice contact:
Olaf Giebe, Tel. +49 2 11 20 54 95-0, Email: email@example.com
KLAKA has built up a strong practice advising the leading energy corporations in Germany in energy, unfair competition and antitrust law. The practice headed by Dr. Wolfgang Straub advises and represents clients comprehensively on the disposal and evaluation of power grids, the legal implementation of grid fee regulations, questions relating to grid access, energy trading including the draft of legally sound procurement and delivery contracts and the supply to end consumers. In addition, the team provides advice on issues relating to connections, supply and distribution of regenerative energy.
1 equity partner, 1 associate in Munich.
Key Clients: Bayernwerk (E.ON Group), RWE, enviaM, LEW, Stadtwerke Ingolstadt, leading regional energy suppliers.
About Our Clients
The KLAKA law firm continues to strengthen its leading position in patent and trademark law in Germany. Alongside providing legal advice to German companies, another main area of activity is the representation of international groups, predominantly from Europe, the United States and Japan.
Firm Practice Areas
- Intellectual Property Law